I just stumbled across this sensational new video for Duran Duran's most recent single, Girl Panic! Shot by mega music video director Jonas Akerlund the video stars some of the original Supermodels - Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Yasmin Le Bon - as the band shooting a documentary of their 30 years in the biz. 80s music, supermodels, jaw dropping fashion...what more do you need!?
Believe it or not, I not only enjoy watching copious amounts of TV targeted at teenage girls, but I also love to read. Who knew, right? It's true...I even have my Kindle charged and ready to go in my purse at all times. I used to hate to read back in high school when we were tasked to read and report on the classics. I'm not really sure why I hated it so much, but getting through a book we were assigned was like pulling teeth. It wasn't until I went to college that I really began to enjoy reading for pleasure. And, I have to admit, the book that really sucked me in and got me excited about literature was Harry Potter! Since then I've even reread a lot of books from high school and have realized just how great they really are. I guess there's a reason they are taught in high schools across the country.
For part 4 of my time capsule series, I have decided that I would share with you all my favorite books. Here we go:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Harry Potter and... (all 7 books!) by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I realize I didn't include the Twilight books, which was a tough decision for me, especially since I have read the entire series multiple times. Don't get me wrong. I love the series, but I don't know that it should be included here. Sorry Twilight fans! There are a million (yes, that's an exact number) other books that I love that were left out too, so if you want to know what they are, just ask me! Do you all have any favorites that everyone should read at some point in their lives?
One of my favorite things to do in my down time is peruse fashion/style Tumblrs. Not only do they supply me with endless beautiful pictures, but also styling ideas for myself. Since I'm feeling awfully share-y this morning, I figured I'd share some of my favorites with you!
For those of us masochists who indulge in the weekly horror-fest known as the Walking Dead, this post is for you! But if you haven't seen the second season premiere yet, avert your eyes (aka SPOILER ALERT!).
Since the first season provided me with ample amounts of nightmares, I decided that this season I would try my hardest to keep that from happening. I don't mean I would stop watching the show. Don't be ridiculous! I just made a new rule...I'm only allowed to watch it with plenty of time before bedtime, and I must watch something fun and frivolous before trying to go to bed to end the night on a happy note instead of a gory, horrifying one. At this point you're probably asking yourself, why the heck would Erin subject herself to something that so obviously is affecting her in a negative way. I asked myself this often, as well, but the answer remains that the show really is THAT good. For those of you who caught this week's episode and watched a heartbreaking monologue in the abandoned church by Andrew Lincoln, you would agree.
Let's get on with the recap, shall we?
The episode pretty much started where we left off last season with the survivors on the road again after the CDC explosion. They eventually encounter a massive pile up on the highway, which is good because they are able to restock supplies, but bad because here comes a massive zombie herd! The manage to hide fairly successfully, with the only exception being Andrea's attack in the RV. Oh, and then little Sophia is almost grabbed and runs into the forest, only to be chased by 2 hungry zombies. Luckily for her, Rick has no problem running after her and smashing the 2 zombies heads in with a massive rock. But unlucky for Rick, she leaves her hiding spot against his request and gets lost in the woods. A search ensues and pretty much the rest of the episode focuses on that...with a few zombie kills here and there. Sophia's mom, Carol, is mad at Rick for letting her daughter get lost in the woods. Shane is mad at Lori for accusing him of raping her in the last episode. Carl is mad that he's being treated like a kid and Shane is icing him out. Andrea is mad at Dale for forcing her to leave the CDC to save his life. So pretty much everyone is pissed off for one reason or another. Oh, and Andrea finds out about Shane and Lori's affair and blackmails Shane to let her go with him when he leaves the group. All of a sudden we hear church bells and hope that Sophia is alive and signalling the group of her whereabouts, but of course that's not the case. Members of the group pray for help, and the moment you think things may be turning around, BAM, Carl is shot while approaching a peaceful deer. Who needs zombies when humans are entirely capable of killing each other? I guess we'll find out next week whether or not Carl will live or die and who the mystery shooter is.
Now, I have to explain my "Team Andrea" title. For those of you who follow me on Twitter you would have seen my question earlier this week. Would you rather run from zombies or just become one? I've asked myself this question when I first started watching the show last year, and I pose it again, with an addendum. Would you rather run from them, become one OR take your own life? This question sparked a flight or fight debate between my boyfriend and me last night. I completely agree with Andrea's reasoning in this case. Why the heck would you want to spend your life running from and continually being attacked/almost eaten by zombies?! I realize there is a chance that the running could eventually end and that humans could win the war against zombies eventually, but come on! How much could you actually take? Rick even said in the season premiere: humans tire out, "walkers" never do! I, like Andrea, would have rather just stayed at the CDC while it self-destructed in the season finale. At least then it would be over quickly and you wouldn't have to worry about a long agonizing death as a snack for some zombies. Anyway, maybe that makes me a quitter. I call it realistic!
To end on a happier note, Pretty Little Liars comes back tonight with a special Halloween prequel episode to tide us over until the new season premieres in January. Can't wait!
I'm not really sure why, being the big entertainment buff that I am, but I've never really been THAT into movies. I haven't even seen classics such as Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Godfather, Star Wars, Bridesmaids. Ok, ok. So Bridesmaids isn't quite up there with Godfather or Casablanca, but I think it's proving the point that I don't see movies that often, since everyone I know has seen that movie. Don't get me wrong, I love movies! I guess I just have a hard time to committing to something that's longer than an hour and a half (even though I can get wrapped up for hours in TV show marathons...).
For part 3 of my time capsule, I am focusing on my 5 (I'm counting all 7 Harry Potters as one movie...it's my blog, I make the rules!) favorite movies. My list hasn't changed much over the years, so don't judge me too much! Shall we begin?
Harry Potter - Sorcerer's Stone through Deathly Hallows, part 2
Interview With The Vampire
Singin' in the Rain
Meet Me in St. Louis
And a bonus one, that is really just for fun:
Now, I realize my list is pretty random. I am more than happy to take suggestions for more must-see movies.
For part 4, I'm going to get all academic on you all and talk books. Sound good? I hope so!
It's been great getting back into the swig of things over here at Until Next Time. I forgot how much fun sharing my incredibly interesting (I know you all think so!!) thoughts with the world can be!
To continue with the series of "time capsule" shows I started earlier this week, today I will focus on the best guilty pleasure TV shows EVER! You know, the shows you love, whether it be in secret or out in the open, that tend to get you weird looks for loving them. Now, as I'm sure I've said before on this blog, I am pretty much a teenager stuck in a 20-something's body, so this list shouldn't be very surprising.
Here we go - my not-so-guilty/guilty pleasure TV shows:
Pretty Little Liars - maybe in 17 years we'll FINALLY know who A was.
The OC - Gosh, I miss Seth and Summer!
One Tree Hill - I wish Brooke Davis was a real person and we were friends.
90210 - the original, obviously. The new one cannot even come close to comparing!
Buffy/Angel - I know this is appearance #2 of Buffy on this series, but the Buffy/Angel universe is just too good to leave out!
There you have it, folks. Feel free to judge away! Or do yourselves a favor and Netflix these immediately.
What shall we discuss in Part 3? I'm thinking movies! Stay tuned...
With every new season, a new wardrobe comes along. I've said it many times, and I'll say it again, but fall is my absolute favorite season. I've always been much happier and more comfortable in cozy sweaters than slinky tanks, so getting to move over into that part of my closet always makes me smile.
Here is what I can almost guarantee will be my uniform, paired with some skinnies, for the coming months, inspired by some of my favorite bloggers:
Now if only it didn't cost me an arm and a leg to go out and get all new versions of these! Maybe I need to get better at shopping at H&M, Forever 21 and Zara (and why isn't there a Topshop in SF!?!)...
So the time has come for me to finally get back into blogging regularly. It has always been such an amazing creative outlet for me and I'm quite angry with myself for letting myself get away with not posting since JULY!!
Today's post was inspired by my dear friend Rebecca's wonderful idea for her daughter's first birthday party, coming up this weekend. Along with the invitation to the party, she sent us a card that we're supposed to write her daughter a note on, and which she will then open on her 18th birthday. I, being as obsessed with entertainment as I am, decided that it would be fun to give her a few lists of shows, movies, books, etc from my generation that she HAS to see.
Rather than include my entire list in one sitting, I'm going to create a series of posts breaking my list down by categories. Today, let's focus on fantastic TV shows that I think every teenage girl/young woman should watch to learn the importance of love, strength, friends and family, shall we?
My So-Called Life
Friday Night Lights
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I wonder what medium kids will be watching these on 17 years from now? Streaming? DVDs? I guess we shall see...
Part 2 will focus on TV shows that are the most entertaining semi-guilty pleasures!
Tonight at midnight marks a bittersweet end to a decade of magic and mischief from our favorites wizards and witches at Hogwarts.
In celebration of this monumental occasion, I decided to pick 5 of my favorite scenes from all 7 films, thus far. Apologies in advance for the video quality, etc...who knew so many HP videos on YouTube would have embedding disabled!?! You get the idea though :)
Harry, Ron and Hermione's first meeting on the train on their way to Hogwarts for the first time in Sorcerer's Stone
Harry and Hermione using the time turner to save Buckbeak, et al in Prisoner of Azkaban
The Yule Ball, where we see all the kids all decked out in fancy dress in the Goblet of Fire
When Harry takes the Felix Felicis potion in the Half-Blood Prince
Harry and Hermione's heart-breaking dance (I know this isn't in the books...sue me!) in the Deathly Hallows Part 1
My tickets for tomorrow night are purchased and my tissues are in hand. Are yours?
Hello Blogosphere! It's been about million years since we've seen each other. I blame it on the craziness that is the summer of weddings. But I'm back and happy to get back to what I love - sharing my thoughts with you all!
Since I haven't posted in a while, I figured I'd ease my way back with a top 5 list of what I'm currently obsessing over - from TV to fashion to books. Ready, set, go!
Pretty Little Liars
Currently my favorite, guiltiest pleasure, Pretty Little Liars brings us some of the most fun entertainment of the summer. Currently in season 2, and no closer to finder out who the hell A is!, the ladies of Rosewood, PA more than curb my evening soaps craving while the rest are on summer break. If you aren't watching, you probably should be.
The Glitter Guide
Ever since Refinery29 has an article on local SF fashion bloggers, I've become obsessed with finding inspiration from Bay Area fashionistas (you can see some of my faves in my "What I'm Reading" section to your right). I have been loving the frequent tumblr posting's on http://theglitterguide.tumblr.com/ so I couldn't wait until the actual Glitter Guide launch...which it did a few weeks ago and I LOVE it. Check it out! http://theglitterguide.com/
2011 - The Year of Weddings
Between May and October I am attending up to 9 weddings - acting as a bridesmaid in one (picture above - check out some more beautiful pics from that wedding here) and maid of honor in another. Due to this, I have become obsessed with all things weddings. From browsing J Crew, ShopBop and BHLDN constantly to find dresses to checking out wedding blogs (http://www.stylemepretty.com/ and http://mapevents.wordpress.com/ are faves) to help brides with inspiration, I feel as though I've become an accidental wedding expert. Which I must say, I don't mind at all!
The one and only Cat Deeley's new web series In The Dressing Room
I've never been shy about my obsession with So You Think You Can Dance's hostess with the mostest Cat Deeley (both her sparkling presence and amazing fashion sense). So I was beyond excited when she announced she would be having a behind the scenes web series about how she styles herself for each new episode. She really needs to win an Emmy or something (eat your heart out, Ryan Seacrest!)! Check out the whole series thus far here.
The Hunger Games Trilogy
I had been reading on entertainment news sites about casting for some new big movie based on a young adult book series and I thought to myself, I suppppppppppppose I should check them out, just so that I'm in the know. And, let me tell you, I'm so glad that I did. Completely addicting and disgustingly shocking, I quickly became obsessed with the books (reading all 3 in about a week) and cannot wait until the movie comes out in March. Read them, you won't be disappointed. I wonder what the next YA trilogy will be...
There you have it. My top 5 obsessions of the moment. Of course, I hate to leave out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 BUT I would feel remiss not dedicating an entire post to that, so stay tuned...
It's been a very busy week in TV land. All the networks had their upfronts over the past week and announced not only their Fall 2011 Primetime lineups, but also which pilots they picked up. There are quite a few that I'm excited about so I figured I'd go ahead and post the trailers and let you decide what you think.
Here they are (listed by day of the week)!
Hart of Dixie - Mondays @ 9 on the CW
Ringer - Tuesdays @ 8 on the CW
Up All Night - Wednesdays @ 8 on NBC
Free Agents - Wednesdays @ 8:30 on NBC
And coming midseason:
Apartment 23 - on ABC
Awake - on NBC
There you have it. I am so excited to see so many of my favorites in these new shows. Christina Applegate is always amazing. I've always loved Sarah Michelle Gellar, even before my Buffy obsession. Rachel Bilson was arguably the best part of the OC. And Krysten Ritter is so fantastic and really should be a lot more famous than she is. Hopefully at least a few of these actually turn out to be good and make it through their rookie seasons. Is it Fall yet?!
Sarah Burton is having a crazy busy Spring, isn't she? Not only did she custom design multiple wedding dresses for Kate Middleton (excuse me, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) and her sister, Pippa (how AMAZING did she look in her white gown for the ceremony?), she, as the Creative Director of Alexander McQueen again had all eyes on her this evening at the 2011 Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala, Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty.
The Met Gala, also known as the Oscars of the East Coast or the Super Bowl of Fashion, always serves as a sartorial highlight of the year. I'll admit that I was glued to my computer, refreshing my fashion blogs constantly trying to catch a glimpse of my favorite stars dressed to the nines. While I'm surprised there wasn't more McQueen catching my eye (I do tend to LOVE him on the red carpet), my eyeballs were still treated to some luxurious, envy-inducing gowns on some of the most beautiful ladies of Hollywood.
Here are my favorites, in no particular order:
Coco Rocha in Alexander McQueen
Isla Fisher in Tory Burch
Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci
Bar Rafaeli in Reem Acra
Dianna Agron in Michael Kors
Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein
Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta
Nicole Richie in Jason Wu
Margherita Missoni in Missoni
Lea Michele in Escada
Kristen Stewart in Proenza Schouler
Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney
Gisele Bundchen in Alexander McQueen
Diane Kruger in Jason Wu
Ashley Greene in Donna Karan
Seeing all these stunning gowns has really gotten me excited to glam it up this summer at all the weddings I'm attending. I wonder if any of these designers would want to lend their dresses to me... What do you think the chance of that would be?
Maybe I'll have a chance to visit the exhibit when I'm in New York next month. If nothing else, the Balenciaga exhibit at the De Young Museum here in San Francisco.